Thursday, April 3rd 2008

Microsoft Extends Sales of Windows XP Home for ULPCs Until 2010

Microsoft who once extended the life period of its Windows XP operating system is now going to do it again. The company originally planned to suspend the sale of Windows XP on June 30, 2008, but the big success of all low-cost notebook offerings is forcing Microsoft to further extend the life of XP. Microsoft will now make Windows XP Home available for ultra-low-cost PCs (ULPCs) until June 30, 2010 or one year after the release of the next version of Windows. Microsoft goes on to state that it "Heard from partners and customers that they want Windows broadly available for this new class of devices, because they want the familiarity, compatibility and support only available on the Windows platform." Microsoft also acknowledged that Windows XP makes more sense than Windows Vista for these machines adding, "While Windows Vista provides many benefits, including an easier and more secure user experience, Windows XP Home provides an effective solution on these devices from a performance and cost perspective." Unfortunately, only XP Home will get a reprieve from Microsoft.Source: DailyTech
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49 Comments on Microsoft Extends Sales of Windows XP Home for ULPCs Until 2010

#1
Snake05
Figured this was coming. Thanks for the update!
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#2
3991vhtes
I was hoping XP would become obsolete, and pulled off the shelves, and no more updates.

I prefer Vista over XP, and I want the schools to upgrade, cause XP drives me mad.
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#3
thoughtdisorder
I'm not the least bit surprised. MS and builders are making decent money selling "down grades" to XP from Vista....
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#4
EastCoasthandle
So, XP doesn't die after all. And, it's not hard to believe that the market favors XP over Vista in this situation. Also, XP is better for these laptops then Vista. Case closed!
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#5
3991vhtes
I think that people trash vista who haven't used it because one thing:

Editors.

They don't like vista, and they rate it low. People believe everything they read on the internet. So, without trying Vista, they'll just be like "Vista sucks"

I read reviews on Vista through CNET, and they seem very biased on things. And CNET is popular, so alot of people will catch those.

I've had that happen here at school. People who don't use Vista will tell me (the schools have the Vista Capable stickers) that Vista is terrible. I ask them if they ever used it. They say No, I read about it.
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#6
EastCoasthandle
by: 3991vhtes
I think that people trash vista who haven't used it because one thing:

Editors.

They don't like vista, and they rate it low. People believe everything they read on the internet. So, without trying Vista, they'll just be like "Vista sucks"

I read reviews on Vista through CNET, and they seem very biased on things. And CNET is popular, so alot of people will catch those.

I've had that happen here at school. People who don't use Vista will tell me (the schools have the Vista Capable stickers) that Vista is terrible. I ask them if they ever used it. They say No, I read about it.
Lets not ignore the people who did use Vista and did not like it. ;)
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#7
3991vhtes
One person who said vista sux had a reason to... Home Basic :shadedshu
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#8

I think Microsoft do this because they don't want Linux to gather market share, and popularity!
Many cheap laptops lands in children's hand's and when they grow up without Windows in the early year's Microsoft goes Crazy!!! :banghead::roll:
ULPPCs don't have the power for Vista, but a slim XP version can roll on these notebooks!
#9
lemonadesoda
MS should release XP Lite for notebooks (aka Windows for Notebooks). Updated kernel, service patches to 2008, and trimmed of bloat. Right out of the box.
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#10
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
We have won! Windows for 2 more years!
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#11
Nitro-Max
I much prefere xp less headache less bugs roll on "windows 7" Vista is just the test station to iron bugs out.
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#12
eidairaman1
by: lemonadesoda
MS should release XP Lite for notebooks (aka Windows for Notebooks). Updated kernel, service patches to 2008, and trimmed of bloat. Right out of the box.
Never gonna happen cause MS doesnt know what Lean and Mean is, one of the writers over at CPU Mag Still uses Word 2.0 because its Lean and Mean
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#13
JoJoe
Unfortunately, only XP Home will get a reprieve from Microsoft.
Only Home edition, not Pro. XP Home sucks.
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by: Nitro-Max
I much prefere xp less headache less bugs roll on "windows 7" Vista is just the test station to iron bugs out.
i agree.

I used vista (untimate x86) for about 4 months, first month it was great, but then it just started to get really anoying (mainly vista alone using well over a gig of RAM) and the realisation hit me (vista is just a slower, bloated XP), so i got my trusty XP Pro disk out again and havn't looked back, and i WILL NOT be installing Vista again, not unless the performance issues and bugs are fully sorted, wich i highly dought, so i hope Windows 7 will make me think otherwise about Microsoft can still make a good OS.
#15
Triprift
This is great for xp users but one thing all these threads do is bring the nah nah xp/vista is better crowd to the surface and is about as productive as a fart in an elevator.
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#16
3991vhtes
Oh boy... 2 more years of XP lovin' and Vista hatin'
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#17
Triprift
Thats ok im used to it i like Vista and aint gonna be swayed no matter how much "vista sucks comments i hear".
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by: Triprift
This is great for xp users but one thing all these threads do is bring the nah nah xp/vista is better crowd to the surface and is about as productive as a fart in an elevator.
:laugh::roll::laugh:, true though :)
#19
Triprift
Yeah yeah your a closet vista fan i no :laugh:
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#20
3991vhtes
Vista ftw

My rig won't run it though (in my specs)
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by: 3991vhtes
Vista ftw

My rig won't run it though (in my specs)
i don't know how you survive with a rig like that :eek:, especially if you like vista
#22
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
My wife has Vista Home on her laptop. Its cool and different, but to be honest, that damn WGA or whatever the hell its called (popup for security) is annoying. Seeing as I dont spend alot of time on it, I dont care to turn it off and she doesnt mind. ITs slow as hell to boot up and shes got a speedy laptop. Honestly XP would work better, but Vista is prettier, and she likes pretty :D
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#23
beyond_amusia
by: lemonadesoda
MS should release XP Lite for notebooks (aka Windows for Notebooks). Updated kernel, service patches to 2008, and trimmed of bloat. Right out of the box.
In a way, they already did that in 2006... Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs.

As to MS extending the life of XP... :toast: YAY!!! That means XP won't be obsolete until 2010 or 2011 now, lol. This announcement will make XP either their longest or second longest lived OS (depending on how you count MS-DOS). Now, let's hope Vista don't get this treatment in 2014... :D
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#24
beyond_amusia
by: WarEagleAU
My wife has Vista Home on her laptop. Its cool and different, but to be honest, that damn WGA or whatever the hell its called (popup for security) is annoying. Seeing as I dont spend alot of time on it, I dont care to turn it off and she doesnt mind. ITs slow as hell to boot up and shes got a speedy laptop. Honestly XP would work better, but Vista is prettier, and she likes pretty :D
Get her an old G3 iMac and slap OS X on it then... =P It'd still run faster than Vista does, which is pretty sad.
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#25
beyond_amusia
by: 3991vhtes
Vista ftw

My rig won't run it though (in my specs)
Dang... that's slow. Why not upgrade to a slightly more modern PC?
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